Affordable Care Act

Nov 26, 2013 6:31 PM by NBC News

Affordable Care vs. Freedom of Religion

The Supreme Court will review the Affordable Care Act's requirement that most employers must provide contraceptive coverage in their health insurance plans for employees.

The high court accepted two cases Tuesday that challenge the birth control coverage requirement on religious freedom grounds.

Owners of the two businesses involved said their strong Christian beliefs clash with parts of the federal law.

Oral arguments are scheduled to be held next spring.

The ruling is expected by late June 2014.

In a written statement the White House said the contraceptive requirement is there "to ensure that women and families...not their bosses or corporate CEOs...can make personal health decisions based on their needs and their budgets."

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